The Girl in the Hard Hat by Loretta Hill

The Girl in the Hard Hat

From the author of The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots comes another funny and deliciously romantic tale of a woman in a man's world.Wendy Hopkins arrives in the Pilbara to search for the father who abandoned her at birth.Getting mixed up in construction site politics at the Iron Ore wharf just out of town was not high on her 'to do' list.But when she takes a job as their new Safety Manager she becomes the most hated person in the area. Nicknamed 'The...

Details The Girl in the Hard Hat

TitleThe Girl in the Hard Hat
Release DateJan 2nd, 2013
PublisherBantam Australia (Random House)
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance

Reviews The Girl in the Hard Hat

  • Adrienne
    A delightful romantic romp.
  • Tanya
    I'd gone to Big W in search of a completely different book when I stumbled across The Girl in the Hard Hat by Loretta Hill. I loved The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots so much that the authors name was enough to convince me to buy it (I didn't even read the blurb!) and put it straight to the top of my TBR pile (and start on it immediately, despite the fact I was halfway through a book already).If I'd actually taken the time to notice more than just th...
  • Jess
    Loretta Hill, you just earnt yourself another fan. I could not put this book down :) I know it’s often a long shot, but Loretta Hill’s second novel is just as good, if not better than her first one. For if Hill proved to have a lot of potential in her debut novel The Girl In the Steel-Capped Boots, than she more than demonstrates her growth as a writer in The Girl in the Hard Hat cementing herself firmly in the role of a must read emerging au...
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    In Loretta Hill's debut novel, The Girl in Steel Capped Boots, love for Lena and Dan was discovered in the most unlikely of places, amongst the red dust of a mining camp in the Pilbara. In The Girl in the Hard Hat, Loretta Hill returns to the iron ore operation on the coast of Western Australia as Wendy Hopkins arrives for her first day as a Saftey Officer at TCN. After a two year sabbatical Wendy is eager to return to work but on arrival finds t...
  • ALPHAreader
    Wendy Hopkins hasn’t worked in two years. Her first year of leave she was backpacking around Europe, trying to forget an accident that cost a man his life and would have ended her career. The second year she discovered that her life was a lie, her father was not her father and her entire family had kept the secret from her all this time. Wendy has been searching for the mystery man that is her father, but her family have closed ranks and insist...
  • Monique Mulligan
    One of five women among 350 men. That’s intimidating. Taking on the role as the Safety Manager at the Iron Ore wharf, that’s the quickest way on to the s**tlist of every man at the construction site where Wendy Hopkins has just scored a job. But Wendy Hopkins, the protagonist in Loretta Hill’s second novel, The Girl in the Hard Hat, is not going to let that get in her way. She’s in Cape Lambert, a port facility in north of Western Austral...
  • Brenda
    Wendy Hopkins’ first day on the job didn’t go too well! She arrived at the TCN site, only to find there was no position available. With a sinking heart, she started to leave, but was told by the boss, Dan Hullog (known as Bulldog behind his back) that she could head over to a nearby site, Barnes Inc, where he knew there was an opening as an assistant. And so began her life as Safety Manager of the tallest, longest and deepest open-sea wharf i...
  • Paula Phillips
    Ever wondered what it's like to be a female working in a man's world ? Are you a fan of the Australian Rural Fiction ? One of my favourite authors is Loretta Hill who writes about your average female who finds themselves planted bang smack into the man's world of jobs. In Book #1 The Girl in the Steel-Capped Boots, we met Lena who became an Engineer and now in Book #2 The Girl in the Hard Hat , we meet Wendy who has arrived to the outback with on...
  • Paula Clark
    Thoroughly enjoyed it (as I did the Girl in Steel-capped boots). Beautifully written depicting life in the Pilbara mining industry and a glimpse into the monstrous projects and working conditions of the men and women there - definitely a male dominated industry.I loved that this was a sequel and that I was able to revisit old "friends" from the previous novel and expand even more on their characters and relationships, whilst at the same time gett...
  • C.A. Clark
    Another delightful read. Well paced, good characters, terrific setting, plenty of challenges and a warm fuzzy wrap up. What more could you ask of a writer and a good story? Keep those stories coming Loretta Hill. ps I am of a mind to visit the Pilbara after this.
  • Jaye
    I sat up very late to finish this book. The story line had me from start to finish.I couldn't wait to see what happened next. It did not surprise me one bit. Loretta, you did it again!!.Well done on a fantastic read.
  • Suzanne
    Good book in the series
  • Emma
    Sequel to The Girl with Steel Capped Boots. Another excellent read from Loretta Hill. Gives you a taste of how women survive life on the mines of remote australia without ever having to go for yourself. Loved the developing relationship between Sarge and Gavin and both their private stories of hardship. Looking forward to reading the next novel
  • Bree T
    Wendy Hopkins has arrived in the Pilbarra on a secret mission. She’s searching for her real father after a simple query into obtaining a copy of her birth certificate led her to discover that she possessed two – the first one which listed her father as unknown and the second one after the man she always believed was her father adopted her when she was just a toddler. Wendy has always wondered why her father had looked at her in that broken-he...
  • Susan Dawson
    Loved it! I was thinking about the characters for a while afterwards!! Will be back for more soon!! Thanks 😘
  • Sumita Haldar
    One of the best book i have read in a long long time. Luv you Loretta Hill
  • Ally
    Easy read.
  • Tash
    Reviewed for Confessions From RomaholicsTo see review at ConfessionsFrom the first page, I was a captive by the storytelling in this book. Wendy is out of money and needs a job fast and she takes up her Uncle Mike’s offer of a job, but little does she know that he blackmailed the manager and there isn’t actually a job at TCN. She should have listened to her mother; Uncle Mike is the black sheep of the family for that very reason. However, not...
  • Lauren K
    I had no idea this book picked up where The Girl in the Steel-Capped Boots left off until after I'd read it, so can honestly say it didn't interfere with my reading experience having never read a Loretta Hill novel before. After hearing such great reviews from her debut novel, I didn't hesitate at requesting a copy of this to read via Netgalley.I can now see what all the fuss is about! Hill creates such a unique premise in outback romance- a woma...
  • MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
    Synopsis“To tame a bad boy you will need:a. One hard hatb. 350 sulky FIFO workersc. A tropical cycloneFrom the author of The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots comes another funny and deliciously romantic tale of a woman in a man's world. Wendy Hopkins arrives in the Pilbara to search for the father who abandoned her at birth. Getting mixed up in construction site politics at the Iron Ore wharf just out of town was not high on her ‘to do’ list. But...
  • Sam Still Reading
    Last year, my mother read a book called The Girl in the Steel Capped Boots by Loretta Hill and strongly suggested I read it. Like most kids, I don’t always listen to my mother and tucked it away for later. Fast forward to early January 2013, when I told my mum I was reading this book by the same author, she couldn’t wait to: a) read my copy and b) see what I thought. So Mum, I loved this book and I must read the other book soon!Western Austra...
  • Charming Language
    This lively exploration of women in a man’s world follows on from The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots, although it has a self-contained narrative. Here we meet Wendy Hopkins, who has arrived in the Pilbara to take a job at an iron ore wharf, and search for the father she’s never met while she’s there. After being promoted to Safety Manager within days of arriving, Wendy wins the nickname ‘The Sargeant’ , and must take on a misogynist work cu...
  • Kat at Book Thingo
    This is an excerpt of my review. Click here for the full review on Book Thingo.Wendy Hopkins arrives at the Pilbara in search of her biological father and some self-redemption after a bad decision in her previous job resulted in disastrous consequences. But being the safety manager at an iron ore wharf comes with a load of politics, an overdose of testosterone and, with cyclone season approaching, more danger than she bargains for.When a stranger...
  • Moon Love
    I stayed up really late, as in the wee hours of the morning to finish this book. I could not sleep without finding out what was going to happen. I had recently read the book that precedes this one, The Girl In Steel-Capped Boots and I was extremely intrigued to learn Gavin was the hero in this book and boy did Loretta Hill not disappoint!I loved Gavin and Wendy. Gavin is handsome and suave, and the secret he's keeping is a doozy! His misplaced ma...
  • Marg
    Last year I read and thoroughly enjoyed reading Loretta Hill's debut novel, The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots. The things that really stood out for me in that book were the unusual setting, having the heroine in a truly male dominated environment and the great story. Fortunately, the author has managed to keep all of these same factors in her follow up novel.When Wendy Hopkins turns up for work at her new job, things couldn't really have gone more w...
  • Kathryn
    Loretta Hill's novel The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots was such a fun, romantic read that it is no wonder that she wrote a sequel. In The Girl in the Hard Hat, readers are reunited with the Pilbara albeit with a new heroine. Wendy Hopkins is a woman with a mission. Not only is she the new safety officer at the somewhat complacent Barnes Inc, but she has come to the Pilbara in the hope of finding the father who abandoned her at birth. Considering tha...
  • Diem
    I enjoyed returning to the familiar environment of Pilbara. Whenever Gavin opened his mouth, I rolled my eyes. I know that Gavin is a total looker and of course there’s more to him that just being a pretty boy but at first I really did not care about him. Perhaps he was such a one dimensional cocky man-about-town in ‘The Girl in Steel Capped Boots’ that I could not let go of my grudge against him and see him for more than how he was introdu...
  • Lauredhel
    Another really enjoyable read by Loretta Hill, and a crossover with The Girl In Steep Capped Boots and taking place after its events, which was a nice surprise for me. Hill's rural settings aren't all horses and rivers and pretty bushland; her heroines work in heavy construction in the Pilbara, hard up against a sexist, male-dominated workplace culture, a dangerous workplace, and a harsh environment. They're smart, singularly competent, and about...
  • Cai
    Wendy is on a search to find her father and establish her sense of identity. Her journey takes her to Cape Lambert in the Pilbara where OH&S has been fairly non-existent and cyclones are a real possibility. Here she takes on the job as Site Safety Manager where she earns the nickname Sergeant for her attention to detail.Gavin is in the Witness Protection Program, meaning that while he is on the job, he is to lay low and keep quiet. He finds being...
  • Margaret
    Loved it, loved it, loved it.......Came upon this book whilst sifting through the pickings of my local library, what a treat. Love the style of her writing.This author had me laughing out loud, chuckling through the pages.Her tales of a female Engineer in a mans world in the remote Western Australian mining town thoroughly touched my funny bone.Loretta tells a good story, having been there and done that herself, so she is writing from experience ...